The Best Fruity Fragrances of Fall 2009

Fun and fruity.
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Fun and fruity.
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Trends in scent—like gourmand or chypre notes—may come and go, but it seems like fruity fragrances are always in style. And guess what? Research says they can make men think you're up to 10 years younger. I don't know about you, but I'll take all the help I can get! Here are three fruity picks from this fall's crop of new scents. (Missed the rest of the season's offerings? Check out Part One and Part Two.)

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Circus Fantasy Britney Spears

What it is: Fruity floral

Notes: raspberry, apricot blossom, blue peony, water lily, sweetheart orchid, vanilla wood, musk, violet candy

My take: Some might find this scent too young—and yes, there is an eau de high school about it—but I don't care, I think it smells lovely. (I have a not-so-secret love for other slightly embarrassing celeb scents like Glow by J.Lo and SJP's Lovely.) This one is fruity and delicious—don't hold Britney against it!

Eau de Parfum Spray, $63 for 50 mL / $78 for 100 mL. At Sears and Shoppers Drug Mart stores in October.

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Nina by Nina Ricci (Limited Edition)

What it is: Fresh fruity-floral

Notes: toffee apple, peony, moonflower, praline, apple wood, musk

My take: This scent was created by mega-perfumers Olivier Cresp and Jacques Cavallier. (Two years ago, I got to interview them in Paris—!!!—as they collaborated on the exquisite Yves Saint Laurent elle). This scent is a classic fruity-floral, so if you like your scents to be light and feminine, you'll love this.

Eau de Toilette Spray, $89 for 80 mL. At Holt Renfrew, The Bay, Sears and drugstores across Canada in October.

Elizabeth Arden 5th Avenue Style

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What it is: Fruity floral oriental

Notes: apple blossom, white chocolate truffle, vanilla, musk

My take: Haven't smelled this one yet, but the thinking behind it is that it's supposed to evoke the energy of "the most stylish street in the world." (I'm picturing Mary Tyler Moore strutting her stuff right now.) I'm on the fence about the chocolate and vanilla—could be overkill. On the other hand, possibly a unique combination of sweet and fruity!

Eau de Parfum Spray, $56 for 75 mL / $70 for 125 mL. At Elizabeth Arden counters across Canada.